As the world continues to adapt to the effects of Covid-19, Braintrust Behavioral Health is no different. We understand that 1:1 ABA Therapy plays an important role in the lives of many of the clients and families we serve. We also understand that these services are medically necessary as a part of achieving the quality of life that each individual receiving ABA services deserves.

Since March 25th, Braintrust has been providing telehealth services to families and minimal 1:1 ABA Therapy services. While telehealth is not a replacement for 1:1 ABA Therapy, it has given parents/caregivers and ABA Supervisors an opportunity to continue working together on maintaining the progress that their children have made through ABA services. These services have been provided in the interim while the Braintrust team determined how best to proceed with in-person services under the current local, state, and federal guidelines, as well as CDC recommendations.

With review of client needs, we will continue to offer in-person services at our centers and in-home. Should it be determined that maintaining telehealth only is most appropriate, then this will be recommended. Braintrust understands that children may regress if consistent services are not maintained. There can be severe behavioral and/or emotional dysregulation observed. Sometimes this can become quite extreme.  This is especially challenging as other normal routines are disrupted, including schools not meeting in-person. As the state of Michigan continues to be affected by Covid-19, we have developed plans to minimize exposure while resuming 1:1 ABA for those children needing this service to be in-person. We routinely reference CDC guidelines to create a safe and healthy work environment, whether in-home or in-center:

  • Employees self-monitor symptoms prior to providing services every single day. Questions about symptoms are asked of employees upon arrival to the center before their day begins.
  • Symptom monitoring of clients occurs via phone calls or text messages to parents for in-home clients and upon arrival at the center for center-based clients. If symptom monitoring is unable to occur prior to a technician’s arrival, symptom checking will occur before the technician enters the home.
  • Infrared thermometers will be used to check temperatures of both clients and staff upon arrival to the centers on a daily basis.
  • Employees will be observing 6 feet of physical distancing between other employees and clients as possible and center environments/routines have been adapted to permit this.
  • Telehealth Supervision and FST continue to be utilized.
  • Sanitizing of the centers (and any learning stimuli or toys, as needed) occurs at the end of each business day and frequently throughout.
  • All employees are provided with Personal Protective Equipment, including facial masks and gloves as needed.
  • Hand sanitizer and handwashing stations are readily available to all staff and clients.

We are all in this together. As we establish a new norm, our coordinators and technicians will be in consistent contact with parents and caregivers to make sure that exposure is limited.  Supervisors and upper management will do the same for our technicians. We continue to provide a fun and safe work environment to help your children grow and continue to strive as only they know how.

Braintrust would also like to let the parents and caregivers know that management is easy to reach as well. If you have any questions or concerns, or are curious about the services we offer, please feel free to contact our CEO, Zach Dugger (zach@braintrustbh.com) or one of our directors:

Clinical Director, Dana Pellegrino (dana@braintrustbh.com)

Assistant Clinical Director, Marissa Allen (marissa@braintrustbh.com)

Clinical Site Director-Kent County, David Nichol (dnichol@braintrustbh.com)

Clinical Site Director-Kalamazoo Center, Betsy Thomas (bthomas@braintrustbh.com)

Clinical Site Director-Kalamazoo Center, Alyssa Darrah (adarrah@braintrustbh.com)

Thank You and Stay Safe!